It’s definitely not Monday, according to business owners and experts who spoke to OPEN Forum.
Tuesday mornings. It lets people get over their case of the Mondays, while still having enough time to plot out the week.
Read more on the best (and worst) times to have a meeting on OPEN Forum.
Seriously. It did for us, anyway:
Scrap your “to-do” list. Instead, move those tasks to your calendar by scheduling short blocks of time to focus on them. This creates a more realistic view of your available time and will also help track how you are actually spending your days.
Read on for 18 more so-simple-why-didn’t-I-think-of-it productivity hacks on OPEN Forum.
Feeling the midday slump? Get out of the office and bring your laptop to a coffee shop! The right level of distraction is actually good for you:
When you need nose-down concentration, it might not sound efficient to head to a coffee shop, but studies show that the noise provided by most coffee spots give your brain the right amount of productivity boost it needs. One study published in the Journal of Consumer Research, for instance, found that a small level of distraction (in this case, a coffee shop’s ambient background noise of 70 decibels) was just the right formula for heightened focus and creativity.
Read more of our great tips for boosting your brain power on OPEN Forum.
It’s quite productive, actually, according to new studies:
When your brain is tired, you take in distractions that you would normally ignore because your mind is too drowsy and disorganized to fight the invasion. Your tired brain struggles to focus on one thing at a time, so you wander, gather loads of irrelevant information, and connect those random pieces together, which can result in offbeat solutions or innovative products and ideas.
From OPEN Forum’s “Why Being Bored and Tired Can Improve Your Creativity”
…As it turns out, workaholics are the least-efficient workers. If you’re working a 12-hour day, then you don’t have to be efficient. You’ve got all day—or all night if necessary—to get your work accomplished. With no sense of urgency, you’re free to fritter your time away on office pools, Internet “research” and Facebook.
Learn how to become a more productive worker—and get out of the busy trap—on OPEN Forum.